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Hackers are probably costing the UK £147bn a year

Apparently, 1.8 million of UK’s businesses have been victims of a cyber-attack, and that costs the country’s economy more than £147 billion, in the last year alone. This is according to a new report by Gareth Bacon, GLA Conservative London Assembly, entitled Safe & Secure: Protecting London’s data

Pretty much all businesses affected by these security breaches – 99 per cent of them – are small businesses, counting 249 employees, or less.  With that in mind, the report proposes a ‘Mayoral Standard’ for data security, helping London consumers and businesses protect themselves from cyber-attacks.  

Basically, it would force companies to keep up to date with the latest best practices in cyber-security, by complying with a set of requirements, and getting a seal of approval. 

“Data is the true currency of modern society and hackers are making a mint because companies are leaving the metaphorical door unlocked,” said Gareth Bacon, GLA Conservative London Assembly Member.  

“This is theft on a massive scale with conservative estimates putting the potential cost of online data theft in the UK at £147Billion a year.  

“Acting as a pilot programme for the rest of the UK, a Mayor of London Data Security Standard would help keep companies informed on what simple precautions to take to lock off any weak points. It would also provide a clear sign to consumers that a company is taking their security seriously.” 

“Our lives are now online, and it’s time to take internet security as seriously as our own physical security.”

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